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Revelation: King of Kings

The white horse reminds us of Jesus, the King of Kings, who will return on a white horse.
Photo Credit: Helena Lopes

April 3, 2024

Praying Friends,

We have finally come to our last post in going through the books of the Bible. Thanks for staying with me.

As we have discussed, the book of Revelation is an unfolding of Jesus Christ. We have already looked at a few titles already that clarify who He is and what He is doing. The last one we will consider is found in Revelation 19:11-16.

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

John 12 presents Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem sitting on a donkey’s colt prior to His crucifixion. The people waved their palm branches and shouted, “Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the king of Israel!” (John 12:13). 

Hosanna means “Save now!” They intended for this miracle worker to rise up and deliver them from the hands of the Romans. It was not to be.

Jesus didn’t come to wage war against the Romans, He came to wage war against our sin. He didn’t come to conquer lands, He came to claim sinners as His own. 

He came to suffer, to die, to go into death, and to rise in glorious, wondrous victory.

He did all that. He suffered for our sins. He died so that we might live. He was buried and rose on the third day to provide us with the righteousness of God. Then He went back to heaven to sit at His Father’s right hand (Hebrews 1:3). 

In Revelation 19, He is ready to return! For us today, this event is future, but maybe a lot closer than we realize. When He returns, He will not be sitting on a donkey’s colt, He will be sitting on a mighty “white horse.”

The rider is Jesus Christ. He is called “Faithful and True.” This describes His character. He is always faithful and always true. The war He wages will be against the enemies of the cross who are rising up in rebellion against Him. He will judge with true justice.

This conqueror will be wearing a crown on His head. It will not be a crown of thorns like the one driven into His brow on the cross. No, it will be a crown of glory, a crown of victory, a crown worthy of the King.

It will not be a war of tanks and fighter jets. When He comes, there will be a sword coming out of His mouth. It will be the Word of God. Jesus said, “There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day” (John 12:48). All evil will be banished at the authority of the Word of God.

The name written on His robe and on His thigh is “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” 

Today, you and I are subjects of this King. We have surrendered our all to Him. It may not seem like it at this present moment, but He is even now the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. He is rejected. He is despised, but He is the King. 

Until that day of great manifestation and splendor when we join Him in His conquest of evil and enter into eternal rest and peace, let us remain faithful to Him. We are on the winning side!

Thank you for praying for our prodigals and for revival among us.

Love in Christ,

Bryan and Rachel


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